Today we are launching the first of three short films telling the heart-wrenching story of one of our incredible clients.
Jo speaks about the abuse she suffered at the hands of her ex-husband, and how she found the strength to leave.
Speaking in the video, Jo says: “I never thought I’d end up in an abusive relationship. I thought I wouldn’t put up with that, but it happened so subtly and so very gradually, that you don’t realise it’s happening.”
Jo received our support after reaching out to the One Front Door helpline. Over the course of eight months, Jo worked with Staying Put to put a plan in place to leave, and has now lived a life free from abuse for more than a year.
The video was funded by the Mayor of West Yorkshire’s Safer Communities Fund, and aims to highlight the issues around violence against women and girls, and encourage them to recognise red flag in a relationship and come forward for support.
Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Alison Lowe, says: “I would firstly like to thank Jo for sharing her story in this video. Her bravery is inspiring, and I hope it gives others in a similar situation the confidence to seek support if they need it.
“The wonderful work this organisation has been doing, and continues to do, is summed up within this film. The support Staying Put has given to Jo, and other victims of domestic and sexual abuse, is truly life changing.
“The Safer Communities Fund supports the aims of the Police and Crime Plan, within which the safety of women and girls sits at the heart, and I am delighted it has supported Staying Put’s project.
“I am so grateful that services like this are available across West Yorkshire. Along with the Mayor of West Yorkshire, Tracy Brabin, we will continue to work to ensure support for the victims and survivors of domestic violence is always there, as and when it is needed.”
Yasmin Khan, Chief Executive Officer of Staying Put, added: “Jo’s story is similar to so many women we see in our charity. Often abuse starts out as negative comments, or persistent contact from the perpetrator, and can lead to a very controlling and often violent situation. With the support of our fantastic staff, Jo was able to leave. If anybody watching the film feels that they are in a similar situation, please get in touch with us, we can and will help you.”
Staying Put’s helpline is open from 9.30am-1pm, 1.30pm-4.30pm, Monday to Friday. If people need help, they should call 0800 2800 999.